Berkeley’s Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) is hosting its annual Hall of Fame and Awards celebration on Wed., June 19th which will honor the women of BORP. It’s no surprise, of course, that women athletes and leaders have made important contributions to BORP, but many people may not realize that BORP was started in 1976 by two young female CAL students, Susan Sygall and Diane Schechter.
Given that BORP started as a sports program at a time when there was little equity and visibility for women in sports, having women in these and many other leadership roles at BORP was remarkable. Today, women and girls continue to contribute immensely to BORP, making up the majority of staff, playing key volunteer roles, and participating as dedicated and outstanding athletes.
And thus, it’s very fitting that this year, BORP will celebrate the achievements and contributions of the following women and girls:
The Women of Quadzilla (Bonnie Lewkowicz, Sun Chan, Val Brown, Susie Grimes, Megan Schirle, Ann Cupolo-Freeman & Lori McLeod)
Lindsay Gottlieb, Head Coach of the Women’s Basketball team at UC Berkeley will keynote the event. All proceeds from the event will benefit BORP. The event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Ed Roberts Campus. You can get your tickets HERE.